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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - RFU National - National League 2 South Full time

Chinnor 64 – 22 Wimbledon

Chinnor 64 – 22 Wimbledon

After the game the Chinnor management expressed surprise that Wimbledon were rooted at the foot of the league table, as have most of the opposition they’ve played this season. The reason Dons are winless is quite simply the huge injury count, lengthened again on Saturday by the loss before the game of hooker Ben Brooks with a broken finger and his replacement Matt Ringer to concussion early in the game. Back rower Joe Dale gamely filled the position. And this was on top of four changes from last week in the pack starting line-up, plus a new centre pairing and a couple of positional changes. With such an unsettled, untried side, it was always going to be tough taking on the league leaders – and so it proved. But Dons started with real intent and took an early lead after a fine driving maul set up wing (normally scrum half) Harry Tabb for a try.

The unsurprisingly muddled defence however, plus too many missed tackles and Chinnor’s all-round strength then allowed the home team to dominate long periods of the game, racking up 64 unanswered points – until the final period that is, when Dons set a target of at least a try bonus point. Replacement prop James Gillespie got one and wing Josh Charles another, but try as they did, the fourth eluded them.

Despite the difference between the sides, there were some outstanding individual Wimbledon performances - flanker Dom Rice in particular being singled out by the management – and the team spirit was and still is excellent. They know that with a full settled side they can live with the best in this league and are aiming to do just that in the second half of the season.

The league takes a break next weekend, and the following week Wimbledon are at home to second-placed Cinderford.

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other National League 2 South results

Worthing Raiders
Tonbridge Juddians
Henley Hawks
London Irish Wild Geese


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Canterbury 23 56
11. Barnstaple 23 46
12. London Irish Wild Geese 23 43
13. Clifton 23 39
14. Old Redcliffians 23 35
15. Wimbledon 23 34
16. Broadstreet 23 25

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